NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A melee at Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn the day after Christmas was captured on cellphone video.
According to police, the flash mob involving as many as 300 teenagers, mostly 15 and 16 years old, began a short time before the Mill Basin mall closed at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
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Social media quickly erupted with all kinds of rumors, prompting an email from the 63rd Precinct Community Affairs office, denying there was a riot, any injuries, or significant damage, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported Friday.
“Take the jar and broke the one jar, like $50 damage candy and the jar. It’s like almost $100 damage for me,” one candy kiosk owner said.
Police responded to the mall and escorted the teens out. No arrests were made. It was unclear how the mob of teenagers came together or planned the disturbance.
Mall employees like Greg Casiano told CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco they had to close up shop early as police and mall security got the melee under control.
“When I saw outside, downstairs I was looking and I saw a mob, several kids fighting yesterday and its too much,” Casiano said. “A lot of kids running, and I’m hearing screaming so the security guard said there’s a little security issue, you have to bring down the gates to keep the consumers, our customers safe.”